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on the agenda from president obama. when there were majorities in the house and senate, he got a lot of what you wanted. president bush got a lot of what he wanted from the republican congress. the difference is the parties now are more ideologically solid than they used to be. you have a situation where the separation of powers can disappear when the same party controls both ends of pennsylvania avenue. host: this year marks the 40th anniversary of the schoolhouse rock video about when a bill becomes a law. "i am just a bill on capitol hill." guest: we teach why that is not really the way it works. you get the sense from the video that a bright idea from the rank-and-file membership might become a law. is better to think about congress, particularly the house, as a place where the decision is made as to what the agenda will be in the rank-and- file respond. it does not quite work that way. the constitution requires bills to pass in identical form in the house and senate. that is the only thing in the constitution. the other legislative process is determined by the house and senate. host: i was
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